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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

In the second week of December 2003, U.S. Special Forces captured an Iraqi man named Fawzi Rashid, a top insurgent leader in Baghdad. Rashid was carrying a letter from Saddam Hussein, U.S. News has learned, that was less than a week old. It would prove to be the key break in the 10-month manhunt for the Iraqi dictator. Military intelligence specialists, working with the Green Berets, persuaded Rashid to identify the courier who had delivered the letter. Two days later, the courier led U.S. forces to Saddam’s grim spider hole. The lightning-fast sequence of events was the result of a decision to have intelligence analysts work side by side with soldiers, known in Pentagon-speak as “collectors.” “Analysts were telling the collectors what they needed, and collectors were giving their collections right back to the analysts,” says a senior Pentagon official, describing Saddam’s capture. “What’s new . . . is that you had analysts and collectors all under the same chain of command.”Full Story

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